Fishing derby deemed a success

Contributed photo In celebration of National Fishing Week, June 2-8, the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Region along with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife adopted the concept of free fishing for specified days during that week. Free fishing derbies also took place on area national forests and at Seventh Street Complex in John Day (above).

JOHN DAY - On Saturday, June 7, 38 children and their parents participated in this year's fishing derby at the pond on Seventh Street. The event was co-sponsored by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Malheur National Forest to celebrate National Fishing Week.

For three of the children, this was their very first experience at catching fish; the total catch of the day was 120 fish.

Malheur National Forest and ODFW staff assisted with baiting hooks and measuring the big catch.

"We are pleased we had such a successful turnout," said Malheur National Forest Supervisor Roger Williams. "This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to enjoy and experience one of America's favorite pastimes."

Other events of the day included a casting contest; making gyotaku (Japanese fish prints), some of which were later donated to Valley View Retirement Home; as well as a barbecue prepared by ODFW and Forest Service employees for the parents and children that participated in the derby.

Prizes were awarded to those whose total catch measured the most in all age groups.

Minimum length was 8 inches, and the limit was five fish.

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